40 Korean foods we can't live without
1.Hangover stew (해장국)
Given Korea’s dedicated drinking culture, it’s not surprising that Korea’s hangover-curing culture is equally as developed, from pre-drinking drinks to post-drinking drinks to a glorious array of spicy and steamy stews and soups.
Made from a beef broth, with cabbage, bean sprouts, radish and chunks of congealed ox blood, the deeply satisfying taste does wonders to kick-start your sluggish brain in the morning.
Chungjinok has been making haejang-guk since 1937, so they must be doing something right. 24 Jongno 1-ga, Seoul (청진옥, 서울특별시종로1가 24 ); +82 2 735 1690
2. Kimchi (김치)
Dating to the Shilla Dynasty (approximately 2,000 years ago), kimchi is the beloved spicy sidekick at every Korean table. It's made by salting and preserving fermented cabbage in a bed of pepper, garlic, ginger and scallion.
Feeling adventurous? Exchange your regular red cabbage kimchi for ggakdugi (chopped radish kimchi), a popular side at gimbap restaurants. Yeolmumul kimchi is a less spicy kimchi made with young radish stalks floating in a tangy soup.
For a selection of handmade kimchi, try online kimchi sellers Real Kimchi.
3. Soft Tofu Stew (순두부찌개)
Soft tofu, clams and an egg in spicy broth? This popular stew is a classic example of unexpected flavor combinations yielding delightful sensations.
The soft tofu -- which breaks into fluffy chunks in the stew -- holds the flavor of the clam and serves as a relief from the overall spiciness.
Proper sundubu-jjigae comes in a traditional earthenware pot designed to retain heat. The egg is cracked into the stew after serving, and cooks inside the bowl.
Jaesun Sikdang has the Korean blogosphere buzzing with appreciation for its ambitious menu: four types of sundubu jjigae, all for less than ₩6,000. 182-3 Nonhyun 1-dong, Gangnam-gu (제순식당, 서울특별시 강남구 논현1동 182-3); +82 2 514 3864
4. Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)
The best part of eating in a samgyeopsal restaurant is the atmosphere -- a rollicking party punctuated by soju shots, pork strips sizzling on a grill and shouts for “one more serving, please!”
Served with lettuce, perilla leaves, sliced onions and raw garlic kimchi, it's smudged in ssamjang (a mix of soybean paste called 'doenjang' and chili paste called 'gochujang') or salt and pepper in sesame oil.
Bulzip Samgyeopsal in Hongdae serves delicious pork barbecue 24 hours a day. Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (벌집 삼겹살, 서울특별시 마포구 서교동); +82 2 323 3384;www.bulzip.co.kr
5. Jjajangmyeon (짜장면)
Although originally a Chinese dish, Koreans have taken the noodles and created a thicker, yummier version that holds only a vague resemblance to its Chinese predecessor. (Think of New Yorkers and the wonders they’ve done with pizza.)
It would not be an understatement to say Korean diets would not be the same without this dish -- most Koreans eat it at least once a week, and have their favorite jjajangmyeon delivery shop on speed dial.
Yangjagang, 660-15 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu (양자강, 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 660-15); +82 2 543 2233
6. Chimaek (치맥)
Chimaek, short for “chicken, maekju (beer)” is actually not a dish, but an institution. This glorious pairing features two surprisingly mundane foods: fried chicken and beer.
Neither half, chicken nor beer, is particularly remarkable on its own. But their popularity as a joint entity demonstrates a glorious combination devoured by millions of Koreans every weekend.
The Frypan in Sinchon takes chimaek very seriously: 2-2 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (더 후라이팬, 서울특별시 서대문구 창천동 2-2번지); +82 2 393 7707
7. Instant noodles (라면)
Anyone can follow the directions on the back of the ramyeon package to boil water and sprinkle in the spice packet, but connoisseurs will add extras like canned tuna, eggs, and cheese for enhanced flavor.
Need some pointers on how it’s done? Try Ilgongyuk Lamyun in Hongdae, named for the time of day when ramyeon supposedly tastes the best: 106 for 10:06 pm. Their upgraded ramyeon dishes are replete with everything from bean sprouts and tofu to mussels and sea mustard. And as if that isn’t enough, all meals come with a complimentary supply of eggs, glutinous rice, and toast.
2/F Prugio Sang-ga, 486 Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (일공육 라면, 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 486번지 푸르지오 상가 2층); +82 3142 1241
8. Kimchi Stew (김치찌개)
A lesser-known fact about kimchi is its versatility as an ingredient in a whole slew of derivative dishes, which comprise a category of their own.
In kimchi jjigae, red cabbage kimchi is chopped, sautéed in oil, and cooked with tofu, cellophane noodles, pork (sometimes tuna), and other vegetables.
Despite the stew's debt to kimchi, you know it has come into its own when it’s served with kimchi as a side dish.
Try Gwanghwamunjip Kimchi Jjigae for kimchi jjigae as kimchi jjigae was always meant to be: obscenely orange and obscenely delicious. 43 Dangju-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (광화문집 김치찌개, 서울특별시 종로구 당주동 43); +82 2 739 7737
9. Army Stew (부대찌개)
This hodgepodge stew of sausages, Spam, American cheese, instant noodles, tteok, and assorted vegetables dates back to the aftermath of the Korean War.
Because meat was scarce, cooks found creative replacements in the surplus foods from the American army base stationed in Seoul, hence the stew's name.
Although meat has since then become plentiful, a buddae jjigae without Spam is unimaginable.
Choi-ssi Ajeossi Buddaejjigae has unlimited refills of rice and ramyeon noodles. 54-32 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (최씨아저씨 부대찌개, 서울특별시 중구 명동 2가 54-32); +82 70 8871 6788
10. Soy sauce crab (간장게장)
Ganjang gejang, or crab marinated in soy sauce, can be so addictive that it’s often affectionately called “rice thief,” the joke being that you keep eating more rice just so that you can have more gejang since it’s just that good.
Slightly tangy, tantalizingly bitter, pungent and cold, the taste may come as a shock for first-timers. But among Koreans, gejang has been carving out a niche for itself as more of a centerpiece than a sideshow to other seafoods.
Pro Ganjang Gejang in Sinsa-dong is over a quarter of a century old. 27-1 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (프로간장계장, 서울특별시 서초구 잠원동 27-1); +82 2 543 4126
11. Tteokbokki (떡볶이)
This iconic red-orange street food is so popular there’s an entire town in Seoul just devoted to the steamed and sliced rice cakes (tteok), cooked with fish cakes (oden) and scallions in a sweet and spicy sauce made of chili paste.
Chefs have been known to put all sorts of things inside the sauce, from the black soybean paste to plain old ketchup. Call us masochists, but one thing is certain: the more pepper, the better.
Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town, Sindang 1-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (신당동 떡볶이타운, 서울특별시 중구 신당1동)
12. Gopchang (곱창)
Gopchang refers to the small intestines from pork or cattle, which, chopped into rounded sections, can be cooked into soups, stir-fried, or grilled.
Grilled, gopchang is yet another important aspect of Korean barbecue culture. Chewy without being rubbery, it’s a bit more festive than samgyeopsal, although it’s still a staunchly earthy food.
And as most office workers in Korea can tell you, it’s divine with soju.
For something even more out of the ordinary, try gopchang with wine at Seolhalmeoni Gopchang. 227 Hyoje-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul(설할머니 곱창, 서울특별시 종로구 효제동 227); +82 10 9486 1229
13. Samgyetang (삼계탕)
Continuing along the masochistic strain, Koreans have a saying that goes, “fight heat with heat.” What that means is Koreans love to eat boiling hot dishes on the hottest summer days.
The most representative of these is samgyetang, a thick, glutinous soup with a whole stuffed chicken floating in its boiling depths.
The cooking process tones down the ginseng’s signature bitterness and leaves an oddly appealing, aromatic flavor in its stead -- a flavor that permeates an entire bird boiled down to a juicy softness.
Head over to the popular Tosokchon Samgyetang near Gyeongbok Palace for some healthy boiled bird--keep in mind, however, that with great fame come long lines. 85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul(토속촌 삼계탕, 서울특별시 종로구 제부동 85-1); +82 2 737 7444
14. Bibimbap (비빔밥)
This Korean lunch-in-a-bowl mixes together a simple salad of rice, mixed vegetables, rice, beef, and egg, with sesame oil and a dollop of chili paste for seasoning. Although Korean kings from yesteryear would probably be shocked at how the royal dish has become so ingrained into the palate of the masses, we love how cheaply and quickly we can devour our favorite lunch.
Bibimbap restaurant Gogung in Myeongdong has a tempting menu of beautifully arranged bibimbap. 12-14 Chungmu-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu (고궁, 서울특별시 중구 충무로2가 12-14); +82 2 776 3211
15. Gimbap (김밥)
The process of making gimbap resembles the Italian glasswork technique of millefiori, and indeed, the finished gimbap often looks too pretty too eat.
Sautéed vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radish, and rice, rolled and tightly wrapped in a sheet of laver seaweed (gim), and then sliced into bite-sized circles.
Kkoturi Gimbap has gimbap so good that even the ends (which are usually regarded as largely useless, like the crusts on a sandwich) are treasured by their patrons. At least, that’s their claim. #101 Koggiri Sangga, 615-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (꼬투리 김밥, 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 615-1 코끼리상가 101호); +82 2 515 1259
16. Doenjang (된장)
When people think Asian cuisine, they often think soy sauce. But soy sauce is actually a byproduct of this soybean product, a paste made from dried and fermented soybeans in a process too complicated to describe here.
This brown, textured paste is not the prettiest food in the world, and like Australian vegemite, the taste takes some getting used to. But once that taste is acquired, good luck trying to make do without it.
Few restaurants serve doenjang on its own, but the Solnamugil Doenjang Yesul serves doenjang bibimbap. 103-8 Myeongryun 4-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul (솔나무길된장예술, 서울특별시 종로구명륜4가 103-8); +82 2 745 4516
17. Gamjatang (감자탕)
Most gamjatang places are open 24 hours, because Koreans tend to crave this stew in the early hours of the morning as an alternative to hangover stew.
This hearty dish features potatoes (gamja), scallions, ground perilla seed, and bits of pork cooked in a pork bone broth. The real appeal of this stew lies in the unique taste of the perilla seed, which is perhaps more important to the flavor than the meat.
18. Haemul Pajeon (해물파전)
Crunchy and filling, Korean pancake tastes best when it comes studded with shellfish, cuttlefish, and other varieties of seafood, to make haemul (seafood) pajeon.
And with its traditional companion of Korean rice wine, makgeolli, pajeon makes the perfect meal for a rainy day.
“Pajeon Alley,” by Kyunghee University, houses some of the most crowded pajeon places in Seoul, and up there at the top is Nageune Pajeon. 139-3 Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul (나그네 파전, 서울특별시 동대문구 제기동 139-3); +82 2 926 9077
19. Jjambbong (짬뽕)
This dish is the soupier, spicier counterpart to jjajangmyeon and together they form the core of Korean Chinese home delivery cuisine.
But although noodles dominate in terms of sheer quantity, the onions and chili oil that flavor the soup are what really demand your attention. With copious amounts of chili oil-saturated onions and other vegetables on top of the noodles, few are able to finish this dish in its entirety, but many try.
Hongshiwon, Bongchun-dong 871-77, Gwanak-gu, Seoul (홍시원, 서울특별시 관악구 봉천동 871-77 ); +82 883 4339
20. Sundae (순대)
Another street food, sundae is a type of sausage, similar in content to blood pudding, with roots in Mongolian cuisine. “Real” sundae is pig intestine with a stuffing of cellophane noodles, vegetables, and meat, but even if you eat the street vendor version, which uses a synthetic replacement for the pig intestine, you will still be able to enjoy the lungs and liver on the side. Yum.
To sample other varieties of this beloved food, try Wonjo Sundae Town in Sillimdong, where you can pick and choose between several floors packed with soondae sellers. Sillim-dong 1640-31, Gwanak-gu, Seoul (원조 순대타운, 서울특별시 관악구 신림동 1640-31); +82 2 884 7565
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21. Kongguksu (콩국수)
This seasonal dish might taste bland to some, but once you learn to enjoy the subtle flavor of the bean, you will acquire a taste for this cold, creamy, textured noodle dish that no other dish will be able to satisfy in the summer.
And if the pale, spring green julienned cucumbers placed on the hand-ground, snow-white soybean doesn’t tip you off, kongguksu is a highly nutritious dish that also happens to be vegetarian-friendly.
Matjarang in Daechi-dong is said to have the best kongguksu south of the river. 987-7 Daechi 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (맛자랑, 서울특별시 강남구 대치2동 987-7); +82 2 563 9646
22. Kalguksu (칼국수)
Bad kalguksu can be very bad. But good kalguksu is divine.
Although most kalguksu places will add mushrooms, sliced pumpkin, and seafood or chicken to the basic ingredients of noodles and broth, at the end of the day kalguksu is about the pleasure of the plain.
You can’t get much plainer than the Chanyangjip in Jongno. But don’t be fooled by its unsophisticated appearance--this place has been serving kalguksu to the masses since 1965 for ₩200 a bowl, and shows no sign of slowing down. 27 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (찬양집, 서울특별시 종로구 돈의동 27); +82 2 743 1384
23. Ox Bone Soup (설렁탕)
This ox bone soup is easily recognizable by its milky white color and sparse ingredients. At most, seolleongtang broth will contain noodles, finely chopped scallions, and a few strips of meat.
Yet for such a frugal investment, the results are rewarding. There is nothing like a steaming bowl of seolleongtang on a cold winter day, salted and peppered to your taste, and complemented by nothing more than rice and ggakdugi kimchi.
Mapo-Ok in in Mapo-gu serves seolleongtang made from Korean beef, and has two options for seolleongtang: “regular” and “special.” 50-13 Yonggang-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (마포옥, 서울특별시 마포구 용강동 50-13); +82 2 716 6661
24. Tteokguk (떡국)
Originally tteokguk was strictly eaten on the first day of the Korean New Year to signify good luck and the gaining of another year in age. The custom makes more sense if you think in Korean: idiomatically, growing a year older is expressed as “eating another year.”
But this dish of oval rice cake slices, egg, dried laver seaweed, and occasionally dumplings in a meat-based broth is now eaten all year round, regardless of age or season.
The tteokguk at Gung in Insadong serves tteokguk with meaty dumplings all year long -- exceptingholidays. 30-11 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu Seoul (궁, 서울특별시 종로구 관훈동 30-11); +82 2 733 9240
25. Doenjang jjigae (된장찌개)
This humble, instantly recognizable stew is one of Korea’s most beloved foods.
The ingredients are simple: doenjang, tofu, mushrooms, green peppers, scallions, and an anchovy or two for added flavor. Add rice and kimchi on the side and you have a meal -- no other side dishes necessary.
While its distinctive piquancy might throw some off, that very taste is what keeps it on the Korean table week after week.
Enjoy a bowl of doenjang jjigae at Ttukbaegijip for a mere ₩4,000, celebrated for its deep and satisfying flavor. 5-1 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (뚝배기집, 서울특별시 종로구 관철동 5-1); +82 2 2265 5744
26. Galbi (갈비)
Galbi, which means “rib,” can technically come from pork and even chicken, but when you just say “galbi” sans modifiers, you’re talking about thick slabs of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, chopped garlic, and sugar and grilled over a proper fire.
Of course, beef galbi can be used to make soup (galbitang) and steamed galbi (galbijjim). But these dishes, while excellent in their own right, are overshadowed by their grilled leader.
Sure, there are less expensive options out there, but Galbi can be a high-end dish, and the notorious Byeokje Galbi in Bangi doesn’t let you forget it. 205-8 Bangi 1-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul (벽제갈비, 서울특별시 송파구 방이1동 205-8); +82 2 415 5522
27. Chuncheon dakgalbi (춘천 닭갈비)
On the other end of the galbi spectrum is the low-budget student favorite Chuncheon dakgalbi.
In this dish, chunks of chicken are marinated in a sauce of chili paste and other spices, and stir-fried in a large pan with tteok, cabbage, carrots, and slices of sweet potato.
Because of the tendency of the red dakgalbi sauce to splatter, it’s common to see many diners wearing aprons over their clothes as they cook and eat.
At 619 Rib a serving is ₩9,000; add an order of gamjajeon (potato pancakes) for a break from the spicy. 104-8 Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (춘천 닭갈비, 서울특별시 서대문구 대현동 104-18); +82 2 313 0619
28. Bossam (보쌈)
As is frequently the case with many Korean meat dishes, Bossam at its core is simple: steamed pork.
But key to this dish is that the steamed pork is sliced into squares slightly larger than a bite, lovingly wrapped in a leaf of lettuce, perilla, or kimchi, and daubed with a dipping sauce. There are two traditional options: ssamjang, made of chili paste and soybean paste (doenjang), or saeujeot, a painfully salty pink sauce made of tiny pickled shrimp.
Wrapping and dipping are essential.
Try Nolboo Bossam, where the bossam and its associated side dishes are tied into convenient sets that you can order for reduced prices. Daechi-dong 899-3, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (놀부보쌈, 서울특별시 강남구 대치동 899-3); +82 2 556 2232
29. Agujjim (아구찜)
Agujjim, also known as agwijjim, is a seafood dish that consists of anglerfish braised on a bed of dropwort and bean sprout. It is as spicy as it looks: the entire dish is a bright reddish color, from the chili powder, chili paste, and chili peppers used in the seasoning.
The white, firm flesh of the anglerfish, which is quite rightly called the “beef of the sea,” is meaty and filling. And the tangle of dropwort and bean sprout that make up the majority of the dish aren’t just there for decoration: the dropwort is tart and the bean sprouts crunchy.
Try the famous agujjim at seafood restaurant Getmaul. Poongwon Building, 449-16 Seongnae-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul (갯마을, 서울특별시 강동구 성내동 449-16); +82 2 487 2102
30. Japchae (잡채)
Japchae, a side dish of cellophane noodles, pork, and assorted vegetables sautéed in soy sauce, makes its most frequent appearances at feasts and potlucks.
There are no precise rules governing the precise assortment of vegetables in japchae, but most recipes won’t stray far from the standard collection of mushrooms, carrots, spinach, onions, and leeks.
Sandong gyojagwan in Sinsa-dong serves a mean platter of chili pepper japchae. Customers can also opt for a smaller, less expensive sample of the noodles by going with the japchaebap, which is just another way of referring to japchae with rice on the side. 615 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (산동교자관, 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 615); +82 2 514 2608
31. Dubukimchi (두부김치)
This appropriate combination of blanched dubu (tofu), sautéed kimchi, and stir-fried pork is a threesome made in heaven. The dubu, which has the potential to be bland on its own, has the pork to add substance and the kimchi to add flavor.
Another stalwart companion to alcohol, especially at more traditional bars and restaurants, dubukimchi makes soju almost palatable.
Try some dubukimchi, without or without soju, at Wonjo Halmeoni Dubujip. 2/F Inwang Building, 85-9 Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul; (서울특별시 종로구 구기동 85-9 인왕빌딩 2층); +82 2 379 6276
32. Hobakjuk (호박죽)
This viscous, yellow-orange juk, or porridge, gets its distinctive color and flavor from the pumpkin, its namesake and its main ingredient. The pumpkin is peeled, boiled, and blended with glutinous rice flour, and the result is a bowl of porridge so creamy, golden, and sweet that in some ways it seems more pudding than porridge.
Hobakjuk is often served as an appetizer to meals, or as a health food: it is supposedly beneficial to those suffering from intestinal problems. The specifics of medicinal science aside, it’s not difficult to imagine that this mellow, mildly flavored meal can heal.
Daeyeo, 44-4 Youido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (대여, 서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 44-4); +82 2 783 6023
33. Gyeranjjim (계란찜)
This side dish, in which an egg is beaten into a bowl, lightly salted and steamed into a spongy, pale yellow cake, is absolutely essential when eating spicy food.
Similar in consistency to soft tofu (sundubu), but with more flavor, gyeranjjim is sometimes made with diced mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, leeks, and sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
The gyeranjjim at Korean barbecue restaurant Guiga, if lacking in vegetable toppings, is nonetheless as fluffy and yellow as gyeranjjim should be. Changcheon-dong 52-8, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (구이가, 서울특별시 서대문구 창천동 52-8); +82 2 326 2292
34. Naengmyeon (냉면)
In Korea we wait for summer just so we can start eating naengmyeon every week. The cold buckwheat noodles are great as a lightweight lunch option or after Korean barbecue, as a way to cleanse the palate.
Mul naengmyeon, or “water” naengmyeon, hailing from North Korea’s Pyeongyang, consists of buckwheat noodles in a tangy meat or kimchi broth, topped with slivers of radish, cucumber, and egg, and seasoned with vinegar and Korean mustard (gyeoja).
Bibim naengmyeon, or “mix” naengmyeon, generally contains the same ingredients, but minus the broth. The noodles are instead covered in a sauce made from chili paste.
Try the naengmyeon at Sambong Naengmyeon -- basic, inexpensive, and tasty! (Jamwon-dong 58-24, Seocho-gu, Seoul (삼봉냉면, 서울특별시 서초구 잠원동 58-24 ); +82 2 599 3367
35. Dotorimuk (도토리묵)
This light brown jello, made of acorn starch, is served cold, frequently with a topping of chopped leeks and soy sauce as a side dish, or as an ingredient in Dotorimuk salads and dotorimukbap (dotorimuk with rice).
Like tofu, dotorimuk, while nutritious and vegan-friendly, can taste bland on its own. The flavor, which is unique, can only be described as acorn -- bitter rather than nutty. But although dotorimuk may be an acquired taste, most dotorimuk dishes have a host of appetizing spices and condiments to help the process along.
Simhaksan Dotoriguksu in Paju has a dotorimuk muchim that is spicy, sweet, and fresh. 1096-4 Dongpae-ri, Gyoha-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (심학산 도토리국수, 경기도 파주시 교하읍 동패리 1096-4); +82 31 941 3628
36. Mudfish Soup (추어탕)
This spicy soup has a consistency closer to that of stew. Although mashed and boiled to the point where it is unrecognizable, chueotang is named for the freshwater mudfish (chueo) that constitutes the main ingredient.
But the selling point of this soup is the coarse yet satisfying texture of the mudfish and the vegetables -- mung bean sprouts, dried radish greens, sweet potato stems, and most of all the thin, delicate outer cabbage leaves.
The chueotang at Gumasan sells authentic Southern-style chueotang for ₩9,000 a bowl. 43 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (구마산, 서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 43); +82 2 782 3269
37. Bulgogi (불고기)
If galbi represents Korean barbecue, then bulgogi’s playing field is Korean cuisine as a whole. This well-known sweet meat dish, which has existed in some form for over a thousand years, was haute cuisine during the Joseon Dynasty.
The dish is also a fusion favorite: bulgogi-flavored burgers are part of the menu at fast food franchise Lotteria, and there have also been sightings of other adaptations like the bulgogi panini.
If you just want some old-school open-fire bulgogi, head over to Samwoojeong for this quintessential Korean grilled beef. 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul (삼우정, 서울특별시 송파구 잠실동 40-1); +82 2 2143 7895
38. Ppeongtwigi (뻥튀기)
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get stuck in daytime Seoul traffic, you will see the ppeongtwigi sellers emerge from nowhere and park themselves in the center of the highway. Their fearlessness is a sure sign that your car won’t be budging for a while yet.
Ppeongtwiti is onomatopoeic. The ppeong represents the sound that rice makes as it pops, and there really isn’t much else to the snack but that -- popping.
If you’re feeling tired of all the greasy, barbecue-flavored, chocolate-covered, and over-packaged snacks that most stores stock today, try a handful of this relatively Spartan treat. It’s unexpectedly addictive.
The best places to find it are at the local seller down the street. If you can't find him, order online atJangsu Gangnaengi.
39. Nakji bokkeum (낙지볶음)
In this enduring favorite, octopus is stir-fried with vegetables in a sauce of chili paste, chili powder, green peppers, and chili peppers -- ingredients that would be spicy enough on their own, but which all congregate to create one extra fiery dish.
When it’s done right, the chewy, tender octopus swims in a thick, dark red, caramelized sauce, so good that you can ignore the fact that it sets your mouth aflame to keep eating.
Baetgodong in Gangnam specializes in stir-fried baby octopus and squid. Their prices are above average, but then again, so is their taste. Pop in at lunchtime to enjoy their slightly reduced rates. Sinsa-dong 663, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (뱃고동, 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 663번지);+82 2 514 8008
40. Bingsu (빙수)
In this delectable summer dessert, sweetened red beans (pat) and tteok are served on a bed of shaved ice (bingsu). Variations will include condensed milk, misutgaru, syrup, ice cream, and corn flakes.
Then there are, of course, the variations on the bingsu, where the pat is sometimes entirely replaced by ice cream or fruit.
Classic patbingsu, however, is too beloved to lose ground to the newcomers -- come summer, every bakery and fast food restaurant in Seoul will have patbingsu on its dessert menu.
C Four Cake Boutique in Sinsa-dong has, among the other bingsu varieties on its menu (milk tea bingsu, green tea bingsu), the classic patbingsu. The prices are steep, but the bingsus match the price, in taste and appearance. The shaved ice mound towers well above the rim of the glass, and the pat and tteok come in a separate bowl. 529-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (C4, 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 529-4); +82 549 9946
1.Hangover燉（해 장 국）
Chungjinok一直在haejang-谷自1937年以來，所以他們必須做正確的事情。24鐘路1街，首爾（청 진 옥 ，서 울 특 별 시 종 로 1 가 24） ; +82 2 735 1690
3，軟燉豆腐（순 두 부 찌 개）
軟豆腐 - 打破入燉蓬鬆塊 - 持有蛤蜊的味道，並作為從整體辣味一種解脫。
Jaesun Sikdang有韓國博客讚賞地嗡嗡其雄心勃勃的菜單：四種sundubu jjigae，全部為小於₩6,000182-3論峴1洞，江南區（제 순 식 당 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 논 현 1 동 182 - 3） ; +82 2 514 3864
4，五花肉（삼 겹 살）
吃的五花肉餐廳的最好的部分是氣氛 - 一個歡快的一方燒酒鏡頭穿插，豬肉片火熱上燒烤，並高喊“多一個份量，請！”
Bulzip五花肉在弘大供應美味的豬肉燒烤，每天24小時。西橋洞，麻浦區，首爾（ 벌 집 삼 겹 살 ， 서 울 특 별 시 마 포 구 서 교 동 ）; +82 2 323 3384; www.bulzip.co.kr
5，Jjajangmyeon（짜 장 면）
它不會是一個輕描淡寫地說沒有這個菜韓國飲食不會是相同的 - 大多數韓國人吃了一個星期至少一次，並有快速撥號自己喜歡的jjajangmyeon遞鋪。
Yangjagang，660-15新沙洞，江南區（ 양 자 강 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 신 사 동 660-15 ） ; +82 2 543 2233
6。 Chimaek（치 맥）
在煎鍋中新村需要chimaek非常認真：2-2 Changcheon洞，西大門區，首爾（ 더 후 라 이 팬 ， 서 울 특 별 시 서 대 문 구 창 천 동 2-2 번 지）; +82 2 393 7707
2 /女性Prugio桑嘎，486西橋洞，麻浦區，首爾（일공육라면，서울특별시마포구서교동486번지푸르지오상가2층）; +82 3142 1241
8，燉泡菜（김 치 찌 개）
嘗試Gwanghwamunjip泡菜Jjigae泡菜jjigae泡菜jjigae總是意味著要：猥褻橙色和可恥的美味。43 Dangju洞，鐘路區首爾（광 화 문 집 김 치 찌 개 ， 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 당 주 동 43）; +82 2 739 7737
9。陸軍燉（부 대 찌 개）
財SSI Ajeossi Buddaejjigae有無限續杯的大米和拉麵的麵條。54-32明洞2街，中區，首爾（최씨아저씨부대찌개，서울특별시중구명동2가54-32）; +82 70 8871 6788
10，醬油蟹（간 장 게 장）
親Ganjang Gejang 在新沙洞是超過四分之一個世紀的歷史。27-1蠶院洞，瑞草區，首爾（ 프 로 간 장 계 장 ， 서 울 특 별 시 서 초 구 잠 원 동 27-1） ; +82 2 543 4126
11。Tteokbokki（떡 볶 이）
新堂洞Tteokbokki鎮，新堂1洞，中區，首爾（ 신 당 동 떡 볶 이 타 운 ， 서 울 특 별 시 중 구 신 당 1 동 ）
對於一些更與眾不同，嘗試用葡萄酒Seolhalmeoni Gopchang gopchang。227 Hyoje洞，鐘路區首爾（설할머니곱창，서울특별시종로구효제동227）; +82 10 9486 1229
13，參雞湯（삼 계 탕）
烹飪過程中的色調下人參的簽名辛酸和留下一個奇怪的吸引力，味芳香代其出席 - 一個味道瀰漫整個鳥歸結為一個多汁柔軟。
頭部到流行的Tosokchon參雞湯附近景福宮的一些健康煮鳥 - 但是請記住，以極大的名氣都大排長龍。85-1 Chebu洞，鐘路區首爾（토속촌삼계탕，서울특별시종로구제부동85-1）; +82 2 737 7444
拌飯餐廳Gogung在明洞有精美的佈置拌飯的一個誘人的菜單。12-14忠武-RO 2街，中區（고 궁 ， 서 울 특 별 시 중 구 충 무 로 2 가 12-14）; +82 2 776 3211
Kkoturi Gimbap有gimbap如此之好，連端（這通常被視為主要是沒用的，像一個三明治的結殼）是由他們的顧客珍惜。至少，這是他們的說法。＃101 Koggiri Sangga，615-1新沙洞，江南區，首爾（ 꼬 투 리 김 밥， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 신 사 동 615-1 코 끼 리 상 가 101 호）; +82 2 515 1259
一些餐館服務自身的大醬，但Solnamugil大醬Yesul供應大醬拌飯。103-8明倫4街，鐘路區首爾（솔 나 무 길 된 장 예 술 ， 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 명 륜 4 가 103-8）; +82 2 745 4516
17。Gamjatang（감 자 탕）
18。Haemul Pajeon（해 물 파 전）
“Pajeon巷”，由慶熙大學，擁有一些在首爾最擁擠的pajeon的地方，並在那裡上方是Nageune Pajeon。139-3祭基洞，東大門區，首爾（ 나 그 네 파 전 ， 서 울 특 별 시 동 대 문 구 제 기 동 139-3 ）; +82 2 926 9077
Hongshiwon，Bongchun洞871-77，冠岳區，首爾（ 홍 시 원 ， 서 울 특 별 시 관 악 구 봉 천 동 871-77）; +82 883 4339
관 악 구 신 림 동 1640至1631年） ; +82 2 884 7565新林洞1640至1631年，冠岳區，首爾（ 원 조 순 대 타 운 ， 서 울 특 별 시
21。Kongguksu（콩 국 수）
Matjarang在大峙洞，據說有最好的kongguksu溪南。 987-7大峙洞2洞，江南區，首爾（ 맛 자 랑 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 대 치 2 동 987-7）; +82 2 563 9646
22。Kalguksu（칼 국 수）
你不能得到比Chanyangjip鐘路多青白。這個地方一直擔任kalguksu群眾自1965年以來的₩200碗，並顯示出放緩的跡象-它的古樸外觀，但不要被愚弄。27 Donui洞，鐘路區首爾（ 찬 양 집 ， 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 돈 의 동 27）;+82 2 743 1384
23，牛骨頭湯（설 렁 탕）
麻浦確定在麻浦區供應seolleongtang來自韓國的牛肉製成，並有兩個選項seolleongtang：“常規”和“特殊”。50-13永剛洞，麻浦區，首爾（ 마 포 옥 ， 서 울 특 별 시 마 포 구 용 강 동 50-13）; +82 2 716 6661
在長庚在仁寺洞的tteokguk供應tteokguk與肉餃子一年之久-除外假期。30-11寬勳洞，鐘路區首爾（궁， 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 관 훈 동 30-11）; +82 2 733 9240
25，大醬jjigae（된 장 찌 개）
配料很簡單：大醬，豆腐，蘑菇，青椒，大蔥，以及為增加風味的鳀魚或兩個。添加大米和泡菜就在旁邊，你有一頓飯 - 必要沒有其他的配菜。
享受一碗大醬jjigae在Ttukbaegijip也不過區區₩4,000元，慶祝其深刻的和令人滿意的味道。5-1貫鐵洞，鐘路區首爾（뚝 배 기 집 ， 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 관 철 동 5-1）; +82 2 2265 5744
當然，也有更便宜的選擇了，但排骨可能是一個高端的菜，和臭名昭著的Byeokje排骨在班吉不會讓你忘記它。205-8班吉1洞，松坡區，首爾（ 벽 제 갈 비 ， 서 울 특 별 시 송 파 구 방 이 1 동 205-8）; +82 2 415 5522
27，春川烤雞肋（춘 천 닭 갈 비）
在619肋骨，每份是₩9000米; 從辛辣休息新增gamjajeon的命令（土豆煎餅）。104-8大峴洞，西大門區，首爾（ 춘 천 닭 갈 비 ， 서 울 특 별 시 서 대 문 구 대 현 동 104-18）; +82 2 313 0619
嘗試Nolboo Bossam，其中bossam及其相關的小菜綁成方便的集合，你可以為了降低價格。大峙洞899-3，江南區，首爾（ 놀 부 보 쌈 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 대 치 동 899-3）; +82 2 556 2232
29。Agujjim（아 구 찜）
嘗試著名的agujjim在海鮮餐廳Getmaul。Poongwon大廈449-16城內洞，江東區，首爾（ 갯 마 을 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 동 구 성 내 동 449-16）; +82 2 487 2102
在新沙洞三洞gyojagwan供應的辣椒japchae平均拼盤。客戶還可以通過與japchaebap，這是指japchae飯就在身邊的另一種方式去選擇的面更小，更便宜的樣品。615新沙洞，江南區，首爾（산 동 교 자 관 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 신 사 동 615）; +82 2 514 2608
31。Dubukimchi（두 부 김 치）
嘗試一些dubukimchi，沒有或沒有燒酒，在Wonjo Halmeoni Dubujip。2 /女性仁王大廈85-9 Gugi洞，鐘路區首爾; （ 서 울 특 별 시 종 로 구 구 기 동 85-9 인 왕 빌 딩 2 층 ）; +82 2 379 6276
32。Hobakjuk（호 박 죽）
Daeyeo，44-4汝矣島洞，永登浦區，首爾（ 대 여 ， 서 울 특 별 시 영 등 포 구 여 의 도 동 44-4）; +82 2 783 6023
33。Gyeranjjim（계 란 찜）
在韓國燒烤店Guiga的gyeranjjim，如果缺乏蔬菜澆頭，仍然是作為蓬鬆，黃如gyeranjjim應該的。Changcheon洞52-8，西大門區，首爾（ 구 이 가 ， 서 울 특 별 시 서 대 문 구 창 천 동 52-8）;+82 2 326 2292
試試冷面在三峰冷面-基本的，價格便宜，又好吃！（蠶院洞58-24，瑞草區，首爾（ 삼 봉 냉 면 ， 서 울 특 별 시 서 초 구 잠 원 동 58-24）; +82 2 599 3367
35。Dotorimuk（도 토 리 묵）
如豆腐，dotorimuk，而營養和素食友好的，可以品嚐清淡自身。的味道，這是獨一無二的，只能被描述為橡子 - 苦澀的，而不是有嚼頭。但是，雖然dotorimuk可能是後天的味道，最dotorimuk菜有許多美味的香料和調味品，以推動這一進程。
Simhaksan Dotoriguksu在坡州有一個dotorimuk muchim就是辣，甜，鮮。 1096-4 Dongpae裡，交河邑，坡州市，京畿道（ 심 학 산 도 토 리 국 수 ， 경 기 도 파 주 시 교 하 읍 동 패 리 1096-4）; +82 31 941 3628
36，泥鰍湯（추 어 탕）
但此湯的賣點是粗又滿足泥鰍的質地和蔬菜 - 綠豆芽，蘿蔔幹青菜，紅薯莖，最重要的輕薄，細膩外白菜葉。
在Gumasan的chueotang銷售正宗南方風格chueotang為₩9,000元一碗。43汝矣島洞，永登浦區，首爾（구 마 산 ， 서 울 특 별 시 영 등 포 구 여 의 도 동 43） +82 2 782 3269
37，烤肉（불 고 기）
如果你只是想要一些老派的明火烤肉，頭向Samwoojeong這個典型的韓式烤牛肉。40-1蠶室洞，松坡區，首爾（ 삼 우 정 ， 서 울 특 별 시 송 파 구 잠 실 동 40-1）; +82 2 2143 7895
38。Ppeongtwigi（뻥 튀 기）
Ppeongtwiti是擬聲。該ppeong表示大米使得它彈出的聲音，真的沒有很多其他的零食但是 - 大跌眼鏡。
39。Nakji bokkeum（낙 지 볶 음）
在這種經久不衰的喜愛，章魚炒蔬菜中辣椒醬，辣椒粉，青椒和辣椒醬 - 成分，將是對自己不夠辣，但所有的聚集創造一個額外的火熱菜。
Baetgodong江南擅長炒小章魚和魷魚。它們的價格都高於平均水平，但話又說回來，所以是他們的口味。流行吃午飯的時候享受其速率略有降低。新沙洞663，江南區，首爾（ 뱃 고 동 ， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 신 사 동 663 번 지 ）;+82 2 514 8008
經典patbingsu，但是，太心愛的攻城略地的新人 - 夏天來，在每首爾麵包店和快餐店都會有patbingsu的甜點菜單上。
C四蛋糕精品在新沙洞有，在其他bingsu品種其菜單（奶茶bingsu，綠茶bingsu），經典patbingsu上。價格是陡峭的，但bingsus匹配的價格，在味道和外觀。該刨冰丘塔遠高於玻璃的邊緣，並且輕拍和打糕來在一個單獨的碗。529-4新沙洞，江南區，首爾（ C4， 서 울 특 별 시 강 남 구 신 사 동 529-4）; +82 549 9946